JOHOR BARU: Just like every child, Muhammad Farhan Safari is eager to wear brand new clothes for Hari Raya and this year, his wish was fulfilled.
The 12-year-old managed to buy himself a baju melayu teluk belanga, thanks to SK Mohd Khir Johari’s One Bag One Smile Aidilfitri programme, which benefitted about 40 underprivileged pupils.
“I feel very happy that I got to shop for three pairs of clothes, shoes and even a baju melayu.
“Last year, my parents were not able to buy new clothes for me because we have a very big family and they did not have enough money” he said.
Muhammad Farhan is the third child and has 11 siblings.
“My father works as a lorry driver while my mother is a housewife.
“We seldom celebrated Hari Raya in a big way,” he said, adding that they would usually visit their neighbours on the second day of Raya. That is the day he plans to wear his new outfit.
“My dream is to become an engineer so I can help give my parents and family a more comfortable life,” he said during the programme held at The Store Pandan.
SK Mohd Khir Johari headmaster Rashidi Baba said the pupils received an allocation of RM150 each to shop for Hari Raya.
“This is the first time we organised such an event for the pupils.
“The money we received was donations from individuals, the school’s Parent-Teacher Association as well as the teachers.
“We wanted all the pupils in our school to have a memorable and good Hari Raya. They are from the lower-income group,” he said.
Another recipient, Puteri Ain Alia Abdullah, nine, hoped to wear Hello Kitty shoes this Raya.
“I have been trying to find Hello Kitty shoes because it will go well with my baju kurung,” she said, adding that she was grateful that her school gave her money to buy new clothes.
The Store Pandan branch manager Tuy Siong Kay said further discounts were given to the children on top of the store’s existing Hari Raya discounts.
“We want to make sure the children’s welfare are taken care of and we hope the Hari Raya celebrations will be a good one for them,” he said.